The Detroit Lions were the talk of the NFL at this time a year ago.
This was the week leading up to the much-anticipated Monday Night Football home game, a victory over Chicago before a raucous crowd at jam-packed Ford Field to give the Lions their first 5-0 start since 1956.
Lions fans, starving for a winner after decades of frustration, were absolutely ecstatic.
Not so much anymore. They were back to booing during Sundays 20-13 loss to Minnesota.
The Lions have played 16 games 15 in the regular season, one playoff since that memorable Monday night. Theyve won six. They are 1-3 this season.
The buzz has died down. Talk of a Super Bowl contender has been silenced. Chances to make the playoffs once again look bleak.
The Lions are being called overrated and disappointing.
Weve got a lot of football left, receiver Nate Burleson said. Nobody talked about the Giants before they won the Super Bowl.
Nevertheless, once viewed as a possible threat to win the NFC and go to their fir...